RENO, NV – August 19, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Yesterday’s TEAM KYMCO KEP (KYMCO Extended Protection) WARP OFFROAD Factory Racing run in the 2017 BITD Vegas to Reno off-road race kicked off with a good solid start, but unfortunately did not have the great ending that we had hoped for.
Team captain Alex Kollitz kicked off TEAM KYMCO KEP (KYMCO Extended Protection) WARP OFFROAD Factory Racing’s start to the 2017 BITD Vegas to Reno race shortly after 6 am Friday morning and handed off the KYMCO MXU700i race prepped atv to teammate Justin Wood 40 miles into the race. Wood tackled the next 100 plus miles making passes and putting the team into second place before handing off the MXU700i to teammate and GNCC Pro racer Adam McGill. After running strong approximately 140 miles and at a good pace, overcoming a few issues along the way, McGill checked in to pit 7 just minutes behind the leader in our class.
At pit 7 we made a few repairs and adjustments to the machine and handed off the MXU700i back to team captain Alex Kollitz. We were in pretty good shape at this point in the race. Making it to pit 9 would have been about the half way point of the 540 mile race, but this is when things went south. Alex never made it to pit 8 and communication with Alex went silent. It turns out that approximately 12 miles after Alex left pit 7, he unfortunately experienced a race ending crash. At this time, we have no information on the details of what caused the crash. Alex was air lifted via helicopter to the Reno trauma center where he is now recovering nicely from a few non life threatening injuries. Please check back as we’ll release a full race recap with more details in the coming days.
We’d like to wish Alex and his family a speedy recovery and thank him for his efforts. We’d also like to thank all of our sponsors and racers for helping us tackle the 2017 BITD Vegas to Reno off-road race. Lastly, we’d like to thank all of those who followed our race progress and supported our efforts.
The sponsors graciously supporting TEAM KYMCO KEP (KYMCO Extended Protection) WARP OFFROAD Factory Racing include KEP (KYMCO Extended Protection), WARP Offroad, Elka Suspension, TrakMotive, TireBlocks, CST, Dynojet, MZM Performance.
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